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Alex Shie , Bob Drummond, Chloe Shim , Dean Veleker. Project DewDrop. Concept & Motivation. People send image/text through smartphone Waterfall displays Control array of water valves to display images Wireless user interface Decoration Super-cool Ad vertisement.

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Alex shie bob drummond chloe shim dean veleker

Alex Shie, Bob Drummond, Chloe Shim, Dean Veleker

Project DewDrop

Concept motivation
Concept & Motivation

  • People send image/text through smartphone

  • Waterfall displays

  • Control array of water valves to display images

  • Wireless user interface


    Super-cool Advertisement

Competitive analysis
Competitive Analysis

  • Commercial product:

    Aquascript, Aquagraphics

  • Cost: $12,000 - $100,000

  • Only bought for high profile locations

  • Physically large (smallest: 2-3 meters wide)

  • Non-User interactive


  • Use WiFi to receive user-drawn image/text from Android/iPhonesmartphones

  • Handle concurrent user connection

  • Restrict how often images can be sent per user instance

  • Support 100 users simultaneously with multiple threads

  • Minimum resolution of 10 valves

  • Maximum height of 12ft

  • Display legible text

  • Possibly implement LEDs

  • Display preset images in event of communication failure

  • Have a very stable standing structure to valves/tank

  • Capable of easy disassembly for transportation

Technical specifications
Technical Specifications

  • Two reservoirs

  • Superior Pump 91250 ¼ HP Thermoplastic Submersible Utility Pump

  • Solenoid water valves (CCB-CS-12vDC)

  • BeagleBoard XM, Arduino

  • Belkin N300 Micro USB Adapter

  • LED




Sends image wirelessly

Turn on/off

Too much water in the top reservoir?


Valve Array

Relief Mechanism

Send on/off sign





Pumps Water

Water Pump

Water Holding Tank (Base Reservoir)

Collects water

Risks and mitigation strategies
Risks and Mitigation Strategies

  • The valves leak even when turned off – noise to our image

  • The valves have too low of a response time – image difficult to see – use capacitor circuits

  • Too few valves – low resolution – have viewer stand back, raise valves

  • Water streams spaced too far apart, can’t bring them closer – use tubes, maybe?

  • The water pump flow is too high – use a relief system on the tank

  • The water pump flow is too low – lower the height of the system to reduce required lift

  • Upper reservoir spills water – use a very capable relief system and build a stable standing structure

  • The water streams have different speeds – use a gravity based system

  • Standing structure fails – water spills everywhere – build a stable standing structure

  • Deactivating solenoids may harm our transistors – use high power transistors/diodes

  • Valves don’t activate simultaneously – use serial to parallel shift registers

  • Water can splash at any time during development – work in someone’s apartment/room, not lab

  • Power requirements for the valves are too much for our power supply – buy more power supplies

  • Power outlet too far away – get an extension cord

  • The pump may be damaged if activated without water – always keep it submerged

  • Users send obscene content – create a master control app to censor content in the queue

  • Users spam content – limit how often a user can send images/text

  • System fails to receive user transmissions – display preset images, send user error if possible

  • System may be too physically large to easily transport – design disassembling standing structure

  • Individual valve failure - continue operations, send error report to master app

  • Too many concurrent users - limit number of threads

  • We are a bunch of ECE’s doing MechE tasks -> practice building things to develop skills